New York Snowmobile Registration, Permits, Laws

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Ready to go snowmobiling in New York? It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the laws regarding snowmobile registration, permits, and other rules. 

Whether you’re a New York resident or an out-of-state visitor planning to ride your snowmobile during your stay, we’ve compiled the information you need. 

For more information and other details regarding snowmobiles, trails, and more, please visit: https://www.parks.ny.gov/recreation/snowmobiles/ 

New York Snowmobile Registration Requirements

All snowmobiles must be registered and insured in New York. 

To register your snowmobile for the first time, you’ll need to:

  • Complete a snowmobile registration application: https://dmv.ny.gov/forms/mv82sn.pdf 
  • Provide proof of ownership. 
  • Submit a bill of sale. 
  • Provide proof of sales tax payment. 
  • Provide proof of ID and age. 
  • Pay the registration fees. 

You’ll need to submit your registration application, supporting documents, and fees to your local NY DMV office. 

New York snowmobile registration decals should be placed on each side of the snowmobile’s upper front cowling. 

You’ll need to renew your snowmobile registration each year. 


To renew, you can use the Snowmobile Registration Renewal Reminder that you should receive in the mail before the expiration date. 

Out-of-State Snowmobilers in New York

If you are visiting with your snowmobile from out-of-state, you can apply for a temporary NY snowmobile registration. 

A temporary snowmobile registration is valid for 15 days. 

To apply:

  • Use the online application: https://transact3.dmv.ny.gov/SnowmobileOutOfState/ 
  • Your snowmobile must be registered in another state and display the proper registration stickers. 
  • You’ll need your out-of-state driver’s license number and SSN. 
  • You’ll need your snowmobile details and registration information. 
  • Pay the registration fee. 

Your temporary registration should arrive to you within 2 weeks. 

New York Snowmobile Registration Cost

Snowmobile registration fees in New York are as follows:

  • NY resident snowmobile registration: $100
  • NY resident snowmobile registration (NYSSA member) $45
  • Temporary registration for non-residents (NYSSA member): $45
  • Temporary registration for non-residents (non-member): $100

Snowmobile Laws in New York

The same DUI penalties in an automobile will apply if you ride a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 


All riders are required to wear an approved helmet while riding a snowmobile in New York state. 

All snowmobile riders must carry proof of insurance. 

You must also carry your registration document and safety certificate while riding. 

Be sure to also check the rules, regulations, and fees for the New York snowmobile trails you plan on riding. Local laws and regulations may vary. 

Regardless of whether a particular state or trail requires it, snowmobile operators and passengers should always wear the proper safety equipment and helmets while riding. 

Never ride a snowmobile under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Failing to obey the snowmobile laws of New York and the local jurisdiction may result in tickets, fines, and penalties. 

Check out some of these other great snowmobile resources from MotorcycleZombies.com:

How to Ride a Snowmobile

Snowmobile Pre-Ride Inspections

Snowmobile Helmets

Snowmobile Cost

Snowmobile Insurance